Is it civic politics at play or legitimate concerns?
Responsibility for Vancouver’s upcoming 4/20 pot event is getting passed around local government like a joint at a smoke-in.
Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson fired off a letter to the Chair of the Vancouver Park Board, Sarah Kirby-Yung of the Non-Partisan Association, saying if she has any concerns with the new Sunset Beach location, she best take it up with the organizers.
But Speaking on Drex Live, Yung says it’s the city that’s passing the buck.
“The city has allowed this event to grow into what it is and being an organized festival, it is a lot more than just a protest. We recognize that it needs to move from the Vancouver Art Gallery but the Park Board was late in the game so to say you know hey park board you talk to the organizers and you deal with it, I don’t think is showing a great amount of leadership.”
Yung says the event may now have set its sites on a Park Board property, but that doesn’t mean the city can wash its hands of the affair.
“Public safety is an important consideration so there are alot of city resources being expended on it. We do need to worry about public safety and the city does have a role to play. I’m abit confused about why the mayor is saying we should just talk to the organizers when the city clearly has a role to play here.”
Park Board regulations have a strict no-smoking policy on all city beaches, parks, and the seawall.